Date: 12th March 2015 at 8:13pm
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Swansea City winger Modou Barrow has joined Nottingham Forest on loan for the rest of the season, subject to international clearance.

There were rumours circulating earlier this week that the young Gambian could be set to join the Championship club on loan, and we asked whether it was the best move for the player and the Swans here.

With the introduction of a new diamond formation system, the wingers haven’t been used in the last three games, with Wayne Routledge playing in a more central role in a forward 3 alongside Sigurdsson and Gomis.

That could be one reason why Barrow has been allowed to leave on loan, as Dyer and Montero have often been the winger choices on the bench if Monk did want to switch to his 4231 formation.

Monk has also said that he wants Barrow to get more regular first team football to help his development, and the Championship is the next best thing for the flying winger.

Forest manager, Dougie Freedman revealed his delight to confirm the signing, having tried to sign him permanently when at Bolton Wanderers.

‘I had the young boy on trial at Bolton for ten days in pre-season and he really impressed me,’

‘I tried to sign him then, but unfortunately we couldn’t get the finances together – I think it was about £300,000 at the time.

‘A couple of months later, not to my surprise, he went to Swansea for a lot more and he’s played a few games in the Premier League.

‘He’s mobile, he’s quick, he’s got a wonderful left foot and is a really exciting player who wants to do well in this country.

‘When the opportunity came up to sign him, I had no hesitation in moving very quickly on it.

‘He’s here, he’s signed, it’s a loan until the end of the season and we’re just waiting on international clearance now.’


One of Barrow’s best League moments of the season came in the home win against Arsenal, when he came on as a substitute to help the Swans come back from a goal down to win 2-1. His bursting run helped win a free-kick that Sigurdsson converted brilliantly from around 25 yards from goal.

You can watch it in the video below: (skip to around 2:34)

 
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